Ian Allan Publishing is a dynamic family owned specialist publisher with a rich history. In 1942 Ian Allan published his first ground-breaking book - abc of Southern Locomotives - and from this initial success a company was formed. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength as a leading independent publisher of books and magazines.
In 2002 the company celebrated 60 years in the business. During this time it has grown from a small producer of books for train enthusiasts and spotters to a dedicated transport publisher producing high quality illustrated titles on an enormous range of largely transport related subjects..
Today the company is comprised of four major divisions whose sole focus is to serve the enthusiast community. Ian Allan Book Publishing produces over 40 Books every year across a wide area of enthusiast subjects.
As well as having the biggest and most respected names in the industry as our authors, we also have a reputation for seeking out and publishing new talent. Across our imprints, Ian Allan, OPC, Midland and Classic the company continues to be the market leader in specialist publishing. Ian Allan Magazines publishes over 10 titles dedicated to the enthusiast in a wide variety of subject areas including Aviation, Rail, Modelling and Road Transport. Our hugely popular and award winning titles include: Combat Aircraft, Railways Illustrated, and Hornby Magazine. Each of our brands has several extensions beyond the print editions, including up to date websites, digital editions, and events. Ian Allan Plus is the name for our retail arm.
No other publisher allows the enthusiast access to so many titles through so many different channels. Our service offers customers the chance to buy over the telephone, by post, to access 1000’s of titles on line or even to pop into one of our nearest shops, all of which are conveniently located at major rail centres. Please click the 'Our Shops' link on the left to see a list of our locations. Ian Allan Plus now provides books and kits to 10, 000’s of customers all over the world. We firmly believe that Ian Allan Plus has the best of both worlds.
The values and service that our history gave us, with the modern and innovative outlook of a dynamic and forward looking media business. Lewis Masonic is the oldest Masonic Publisher is the world having been founded in 1886. Part of Ian Allan Publishing since 1973 it not only continues to be the largest supplier of Masonic Rituals but has also gained the reputation for publishing must read historical and informative titles across the Masonic spectrum. We are constantly striving to develop and improve our company and we know how the name “Ian Allan” will mean many things to many people.